Soccer club hopes to become part of the athletic program


Proposed MSSU mens soccer club

$200,000 — That would be the expected yearly price for a Missouri Southern men´s soccer team, says Husam Yassin.

With 21 other students, he created the MSSU soccer club in March 2014.

Inside the club, players probably call it football — so far most of them aren’t Americans.

“We have players from Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Nicaragua and Africa,” said Yassin, who is from Amman in Jordan.

The idea for the soccer club came during intramural championships last November, which were won by the small team that included Yassin.

“Afterward we got the idea for the soccer club,” remembers the junior in industrial engineering. Even seven Americans joined the soccer club, which is a good sign; so far this sport isn’t as popular in the US as it is in most other countries around the world.

In 2008 Southern dropped the men’s soccer team, citing expenses.

“We hope to convince the school to open a MSSU athletic soccer team for men again,” Yassin said. “They say it’s too expensive with all the costs for a trainer and travels. So we search [for] supporters to donate and of course, [for] more players.”

The new team meets each Sunday for a game. Southern will play Crowder College April 5 at home.

Yassim said he invites all interested students to watch the game and maybe even join the soccer club. More information can be found on Facebook. Search for MSSU Soccer Club.